Rueuze - The Bruery

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,300
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 28.33%
Wants: 88
Gots: 376 | FT: 35
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: IKR on 11-10-2012

Our take on a gueuze-style ale, this intensely tart and funky beer combines three different vintages of our barrel aged sour blonde ale.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and slightly funky and is of apricot and peach with an acidic aroma. Taste is much the same with a fruity and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear orange yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down, leaving thin lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is more complex with additional notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice complexities in the taste and is relatively easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it isn't that funky.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i loved this, and surprised other didnt. as about as authentic as the style gets here in the usa. pours a washed out white hued yellow corn color, pale and cloudy, fine grained sediment floating, and a robust flashy white head two inches high. the nose is really sour. funky as hell, lemon and acid, wheat malt base. the flavor is also quite puckery, tastes old in a good way, mature i should say. very oaky as it warms, especially in the finish. maybe even more oaky than some of the authentic belgian versions, which i think cuts through the acid nicely while preserving the really sour character. easily one of the better american sour beers ive had, up there with the russian river stuff. effervescent carbonation is just right for the style, but maybe the acid is a touch high. i like that its lower abv so i can drink the whole bottle without a problem. i drank this in isolation, but i could see almost endless culinary possibilities. a truly divine brew. the bruery can do no wrong these days!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color beer with a medium foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light barnyard notes and some tart notes. Taste is a well balance mix of tart notes with some funky yeast and light barnyard feel. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity but still not close to the level that can be tasted in Belgian lambic. I loved the way they control the acidity level.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Craig. This is surprisingly decent, considering how much the Bruery has been sucking at sours lately.

Pours a clear light amber hue with two fingers of rocky foam. Carbonation isn't quit where I'd like it for "gueuze", but it's a step up from the largely flat Bruery sours of late.

The nose is heavy on lactic acid, very yogurty with lemon and stonefruit. There's a fair level of acetic acid, too. Funk is restrained, but there's a bright citrus character that's thoroughly enjoyable.

There's a nice level of sourness on the palate. Largely lactic, reminiscent of sour cream, with a touch of white wine vinegar, citus and unripe stonefruit. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level; could be a bit higher. Finishes with a strong lacto note that drops off quickly with little barrel or tannins.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL split into two tulip glasses. First round was only slightly hazy golden orange, second time it was a little more cloudy even when decanted slowly. Not much head, just a bit of larger juice-like bubbles clustered on the surface momentarily. The second pour yielded a little more foam, but similarly short lived.

More closed aroma at first, it opens up more as it warms, bringing out some grapefruit and lemon, oak and wet hay traces of Brett yeast.

Sour lemon and grapefruit, hints of something tropical that don't completely flesh out. Acidic in the gastric sense, sharp with a puckering dryness in the finish. Low on carbonation, a bit slick and slippery in feel. Overall pleasant to drink, moderately sour. Not overly complex, though it has a distinct flavor of sour fruits and a dry oaky finish, and is a nice American rendition of a traditional Belgian Gueuze.

Paired nicely with a farmstead goats' milk cheese, Tumalo Pondhopper.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a capped 750ml bottle a clear straw yellowish with a 1/4-inch large-bubbled white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving no lace.

N: Sour, vinegar/acetic acid, fruity (white grapes, peaches, apricots, lemons).

T: Follows nose with some grainy and earthy notes. Slight funk, oak and green apple.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Sour and fruity finish.

O: Lip smacking pucker. Wishing for more funk/wild character.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy golden color with just a hint of amber. There isn't much head on this beer. Lots of sour lemon and vinegar along with a bunch of oaky notes in the nose. There is a mild funk in the smell that doesn't show up in the taste. The taste is extremely sour, but it isn't funky. This is a very clean sour with notes of lemon juice and vinegar. The body is medium with a very dry finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Once again, shared with rudzud.

Light fizzy head fades quickly like it barely existed at all, hazy murky apricot colored.

Nose is awesome, great lambic, sour funk and lemon fruit, tartness, light lemongrass, hint of stone fruit and maybe apricot but hard to really pinpoint, light funk, hint of oak barrel, mineraly, acidic, just great gueuze.

Taste hits with a big sour kick, tart fruit, stone fruit with huge apricot and bit of a mango like, little nectarines and clementine like. Big tart fruit and funk. Pure apricot like sucking on the pit with niblets still on it. Just a hint creamy. Nice overall sourness. Finish is little flemmy, long lingering apricot and sour fruit, hint bready funk, tart, light sweetness too but dry, little acid bite.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent enough but lighter carb.

Overall great, great sour and tart fruit flavors and aromas, nice apricot and fruit middle that adds a great touch, little light on the funk for now but will probably pick up as it ages.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong esters, sour fruit and very light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a huge burst of sourness along with some tart fruit flavors, esters and a very light malt character. There’s a very good balance for a beer with such a strong sourness to it. The after-taste is tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink when you want a nice sour bomb.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Provisions in Orange, CA and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm always skeptical of The Bruery because they're almost always overpriced crap; I did enjoy Black Tuesday and Tart of Darkness so I'm hoping this is a solid sour.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and below average (~1 minute) retention. Body colour is a dull copper with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It isn't much to look at, but it's typical for the style.

Sm: Sourness, bacterial notes, funk, tart fruit, oak, pale malts, fleeting hints of bright fruit esters, fermented orange peel, and wild yeasty notes. No alcohol is detectable. A fairly strong, assertive aroma. I'm starting to get excited.

T: Clean sourness with a luscious smack-your-lips tartness on the climax. Bacterial but somewhat clinical; this feels less like a spontaneous Belgian sour and more a laboratory brew - to its obvious detriment. Lacks the complexity and depth of a good Belgian gueuze. Lightly funky. Somewhat tart. Nicely acidic, but not as commital as it could be. Even Cascade Kriek (not a gueuze) hit me harder with the assertive sourness than this does. Pale malts and orange esters are buried in there. Crystal malt throughout. Nicely lactic. The finish is surprisingly clean and easy on the palate, giving you a break but also leaving you wanting more. I'd prefer more commitment to the sourness. Some lemon ester zing on the finish. Quite tasty all around, but frontloaded; all the good flavour is in the early second act; this results in a lackluster climax. It's therefore structurally imbalanced, but the flavour balance is rather respectable. Except for that pesky empty third act. A really nice sour all around; I quite like it.

I do get very little of the wood/barrel in the flavour profile. I'm not sure what to make of this.

Mf: Acidic, smooth, wet, zingy. Good presence on the palate and excellent carbonation.

Dr: A solid sour from The Bruery that nevertheless feels restrained to appeal to a wider audience. The sourness isn't as pucker-worthy as it should be, but this is still really tasty stuff for an American brewed sour. A great effort from The Bruery, albeit a pricey one. I'd definitely try this with some age on it. Very drinkable for a sour; I'll have no trouble murdering this bomber by myself.

I did notice that it actually drops off as it warms and loses its edge. Serve cold.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange-yellow, thin bubbly head. Aroma of acidic lemon, sourdough, dirty funk. Taste followed the nose pretty much, lemon, grapefruit rind, yogurt, malt vinegar, oak, Sprite, moderately sour, but more in an acetic way. I don't know, just kind of messy and unbalanced.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, leather, musty funk, oak, pepper, cracker, light wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/vinegar acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome gueuze style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/17/13 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

a - Pours a hazy yellow orange color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells super funky, smelling of barnyard funk, cheese, sour fruits, vinegar, oak, floral hops, citrus hops, and earthy notes. Very nice nose; very and tart and funky, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, oak, spice, vinegar, funk, some cheese, more sour fruit, and citrus hops. taste is quite good as well, though it is less funky than nose and not quite as complex. Still a good taste.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry and acedic, nice mouthfeel for a gueuze-style beer.

o - Overall a very nice beer and cool blended American Wild. not as funky as Belgian gueuzes but the funk in the nose is very nice, and some very nice sour fruits. Glad to have a few bottles of this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar and wisps, leaving behind a few specks of lace. Hazy blonde body. Looks gueuze-like, but a bit less spritzy.

S - Reminds me a lot of sour candies - citrus, peaches, and other fruity flavors - but with a touch of harsh acetobacter bite. Tropical funk and a mild sweaty, musky note as well. There's also a surprising herbal and leafy note in the periphery.

T - Taste thankfully loses the excessive acetobacter, and veers more on the fruity side with peaches, apricots, and citrus flavors. It's sour, but not excessively so like many other Bruery sours; there's some lactic tartness in there too.

M - Dry, medium body, with good heft to it for only 5.9%. Lower carbonation that seems a bit lacking. Lightly sticky in the finish.

D - As a blended American Wild Ale this is a good beer. It's not really much of a gueuze though, as it lacks the appropriate flavor profile and feel to it. Still, a few of us had no problem finishing off a 750ml bottle. Would drink again if appropriately priced.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at gueuze a palozza.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a foamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong citric fruits, most notably lemon, with some backing mild barnyard funk and quite a bit of vinegary sourness. Still smells a little green but the sourness is a little ominous I must admit.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of fruitiness, the lemon still being the strongest contributor but some apricots and peaches also come forward. Thankfully the vinegary sourness from the nose is dailed way back while the mild funkiness is a little more assertive, combining with the fruit to make a nice combo of flavors. Finish is dry with a bit of lactic sourness, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Dry, slightly sticky feel with some backing sourness from start to finish.

O - Another decent sour from the Bruery. Not really a gueuze, drinks more like the blended american wild that it is. Either way, it held its own against some of the other highly rated sours we were drinking on the night.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation very slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of golden yellow + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy sudsy white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of tartness along with a light to moderate amount of funkiness as well. Hints of lemon citrus and apricot/peach underneath the stronger tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light hint of wheat malt with a moderate to strong amount of tartness. Underneath the tartness, there if a light to moderate flavor of apricot + peach + lemon/citrus. There is a light to moderate amount of funkiness and a moderate flavor of oak from the barrel aging. Overall, there is a moderate lingering tartness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable because there is a moderate to significant amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer. Not so tart that it is hard to drink but certainly not a beer that you would drink real quickly, one to be savored and enjoyed. Definitely worth grabbing, not as funky as some of the others in the style but a very nice drinking beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a finger of white cap. The head dissolves fairly fast leaving a thin film atop. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl releases a finger that is quick to fade.

The aroma is lemony lactic with a hint of yogurt. Some mild raw oak appeal is also present with a soft inclusion of vanilla. It has an overall tropical sort of feel to the nose before the onset of a little sulfur, brine and vinegar.

The flavor of this brew is quite sour and briney with notes of apple cider vinegar. There is some tropical fruity aspect providing a pleasant complexity to the flavor. The finish has a bit of white wine dryness mixed with lemony lacto, yogurt and more cider.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a pleasant interpretation of a gueuze for an American brewery. I enjoyed the tropical aspects but pretty much hated the brine and vinegar notes that are unfortunately present in not only this but nearly all sours from the Bruery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by GT2. Thanks bro. The beer is golden hued and mildly hazy. The aroma brings classic gueuze scents. Barnyard, lemon rind, funk, oak. The flavor is nice. A bit sharp and acetic. Definitely American and not Belgian. Lactic and sour. Lingering fruity funk. Good stuff.

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Photo of rab53
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I have tried Rueuze, Oude Tart and Tart of Darkness. I honestly could not tell them apart (blind-folded) from each other or a glass of vinegar. I assume Sour in the Rye tastes very similar.

I suppose that there is some flavor or nuance that draws people to this beer, but it is lost on me. This is one-dimensional and acetic, falling short of the Belgian style it tries to emulate.

On a positive note, I have stopped buying limited releases for the sake of being limited, and focused more on proven quality beers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Bruery's version of a gueuze starts off with a light golden orange color and topped with a little head which goes away quickly. The aroma is on the mark, which I wasn't expecting. The Bruery usually adds a twist to a traditional style, however this is a straightforward gueuze and it gets right down to business. A faint note of fruit, a stronger note of pleasant tartness, vague citrus, mild vinegar, all coming together very well.

This is a refresher as much as a great flavored beer. The eye is centered on the tartness, which is downright enjoyable. Accents of lemon add to the fun of Rueuze. There's a vague rusticness. My saliva started to thicken as I drank more and more, which is one of the most reliable indicators I have to tell whether I have a winner of a sour ale. I think we do.

Not an authentic gueuze, but whatever it is, it's outstanding ale that I will be doing again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Orange. Clear. A few large bubbles.

Smell - Acetic. A little lemony. Monotonic aroma.

Taste - Puckering sourness, not as acetic. More woody. Very lemony. Not so pleasant sourness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Sour, not as intense as some other Bruery sours, but strong. Low carbonation and kinda slick.

Overall - Not very good. Nothing resembling a gueuze. I realize it's their "take," but I was hoping for some of the positive characteristics.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours lightly murky goldenrod to orange, light white head. Fair head retention.

S: Lemons, vinegar, some stone fruit.

T: Unripe apricots are clear, again lots of lemon. Some acetic acid, but not overboard. The lactic holds it in good balance. Nice complexity of flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, strong acid. Very tart. Easy drinking for how acidic it is, crisp carbonation.

O: A really good 'gueuze' style ale. The acid does not get to vinegary which I've found in a lot of The Bruery sours. Well worth a try. I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is full on sour complimented by soft grains. In the taste, sour traits and a great blend to add depth and complexity. Hard to discern between some of the better Gueze (or Gueuze) I've had. Well defined flavors of candi sugar, fresh lemon peel, oak, and healthy wild yeast tartness. Barrel aged brew with a soft dryness. Medium bodied, good sustain. Overall, this is as good as some imports, and the three batch blend gives it that authentic taste. Great beer!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish bone white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Aromas of light citrus fruit with a bit of sweetness, think sweet oranges and lemons with apricots. A restrained sour and funky nose, but you can tell there's something lurking in the glass. The flavor is a bit more tart than the aroma suggested. Lemons, grapefruit, and sour oranges alongside pineapples, hay and a hint of light sugar. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart piercing mouthfeel. Wow that's a pretty good sour right there, I enjoyed it.

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Rueuze from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.